[NetBehaviour] Neuroaesthetics Symposium

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Fri Nov 9 12:25:03 CET 2012

Neuroaesthetics Symposium

The Symposium entitled “Neuroaesthetics” will take place at the ZKM | 
Karlsruhe from the 22nd to the 24th of November as part of the 
collaborative project between the ZKM and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, 
which was initiated by the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg in 2007. 
The symposium, which was designed together with the non-profit Hertie 
Foundation, focuses on the subject of creativity and innovation and 
seeks to establish a connection between current developments in 
neuro-science and art.

Today, with the rapid development and interconnection of innovative 
media, technical media as an extension of human sense organs establish a 
new kind of networking between various sense organs. What influences are 
exerted on creativity and, more especially, on art by these new chains 
of associations? What is the relationship between art and science?

The symposium focuses on the question as to the influence of culture on 
brain activity and the function this has in science and art. The concept 
of neuroplasticity is thematized, and is a central issue of the 
symposium: whereas in classical synesthesia one sense organ partly takes 
over another, the new technical media alter the relationship of sense 
organs to each other.

Expanding knowledge in the neurosciences about the working methods of 
the brain, and thus on the processing of sensory data, demands an 
understanding of artistic judgment and the processes of origination 
involved in creativity. Thus, the concept of neuroaesthetics comprises 
creative processes as an expression of brain functions and, on a 
neurobiological basis, attempts to understand aesthetic experiences.

As the synaesthetic program at the turn of the twentieth century (from 
Scriabin to Kandinsky) of abstract painting and the 1920s and 1930s 
avant-garde film opened the new chapter of “Seeing Sound”, the 
symposium, which forms part of the IMATRONIC extended | Festival for 
Electronic Music, will also focus on the processing of music.

Unlike any other process, the most diverse areas of the brain are 
involved in the processing of musical information. The active 
interpretation of stimuli, the identification of melodies and chords, 
and neurological research on emotions in their connection to music, are 
only a few of the aspects covered by the symposium. Through its 
collaboration with the Hertie Foundation, the largest sponsor of 
neuroscience in Germany, the ZKM seeks to open new paths for art and 
sciences: art offers access to new inspiration in the field of the 
neurosciences, and these, in turn, offer the possibility of articulating 
results both socially and artistically.

Symposium speakers include: Joan Y.Chiao, Shihui Han, Shinobu Kitayama, 
Peter König, Fiona Newell, Georg Northoff, Shinsuke Shimojo, Julia 
Simner, Peter Weiss-Blankenhorn, Olaf Breidbach, Thomas Grunwald, Alva 
Noë, Patricia Pisters, Helga Griffiths, Arijana Kajfes, Warren Neidich, 
Reto Schölly, Eckart Altenmüller, Udo Dahmen, Israel Nelken, Benjamin 
Staude and Tim Otto Roth.

Collaboration partner: Non-profit Hertie Foundation

The first part of sponsoring innovation and research on creativity in 
the arts was the “Molecular Aesthetics” symposium (July 2011), which, 
like “Neuroaesthetics” also aimed to initiate an interdisciplinary 
exchange of approaches and ideas, which could lead to a new definition 
of aesthetic experience.

See program: http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/stories/storyReader$8185#program

Link: http://www.kaepsele-connection.de/index.php/en/neuroaesthetik.html

Deadline: Thu Nov 22nd, 2012

ZKM_Media Theater, ZKM_Lecture Hall
Lorenzstr. 19
Karlsruhe, 76135

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